Octobest

Grab your scarves cuz fall's a'comin.' And so is some theatre: free tickets every Wednesday here. LitQuake is shaking Oct 3-11th. Look cute as you vote and drink with Paul Frank Oct 4, 5, 7, and 14th. And all aboard the Obama Mobile! Your other roaming favorite is this ice cream truck, with great flavors such as: anarchist-social reform! It is Eat Local Month: check its site for a cornucopia of great food events. And here are some tasty foodies: Raj and Eric. Don't forget to eat up and volunteer with Project Open Hand. And get indie at DocFest, Oct 17-Nov 6. Plus, let's make the Really Really Free Market something amazing this month, in memory of its organizer, Kirsten Brydum. SF will miss you.
Wed, Oct 1:
  • Exploratorium is freeeeee today
  • Food Choices and the Environment: What You Eat Makes a Difference panel discussion 12-1.30pm Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • Authors read from their favorite banned books at Main Library's Banned Books Rally 12-1.30pm Larkin steps
  • Green Drinks 5.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd-Mission/Howard. Get there early for a free beverage, and stay for networking. Sponsored by Rumsey Engineers and Bioneers this month
  • Local Food, Local Pride: Policies for Sustainable Economies 5.30pm Commonwealth Club 2nd/Market $8-15
  • The Guardian's Hellraiser Happy Hour: tunes, prizes, air, snacks, and a ski movie 5.30-8pm Fiddler's Green 1333 Columbus/Beach
  • Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer play free 6pm Amoeba Records Haight/Stanyan. Mandolin and bluegrass and such
  • Defending and Promoting Sanctuary Cities teach-in 6.30pm-late Women's Bldg 18th/Val-Guer
  • The Climate Project slideshow presents an inconvenient truth 7-8pm Mission Library 24th/Bartlett
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday Club blames it on the Bossa Nova 139 8th/Minna 8.30pm. The bar gives $5 for everyone who shows up, whether they are conducting Sober October or not. This week benefits Kopi Cafe and HEALS, Ugandan orgs that work with health, kids, art, and amazingness
Thurs, Oct 2:
  • First Thursday art crawl downtown. Check out the Fecalface link at the right. Bring your own wine jar
  • Light the Night Walk for Leukemia Lymphoma Society 5pm registration 7pm walk Justin Herman Plaza. Music, munchies, marrow matching
  • Noah and the Whale is/are getting much buzz and are giving a free show 6pm Amoeba
  • Cheer/Jeer VP Debate party 6-8pm Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia-Guerrero $5+ suggested donation. Try not to choke on the snacks when Palin speaks
  • CA Historical Society and Rock the Vote bring you Rock and Register 6-8pm 678 Mission free. DJ, drinks (free?), and democracy
  • Golden Gate Hostelling International celebrates turning 50 with free local wines and cheeses 7pm 312 Mason/O'Farrell
  • Free movie night Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission 8pm and 10pm respectively: Bandit Queen; 9 T0 5
Fri, Oct 3-Sun, Oct 5: Fri, Oct 3:
  • SFBC's Gas-Free Fridays 7.30-9.30am. Volunteer/stop by for fair trade coffee and snacks. This week, bring your mug to 12th/Market
  • SF Symphony performs Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Bldg free 12pm
  • "My Street" exhibit opening and "Anderwelten" performance 6.30-9.30pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery RSVP required
  • Poetry and Pizza: all you can eat iambic pentameter and pepperoni 7.30pm $5 suggested donation 333 Bush/Montgomery
  • More pizza, with a Polish twist: Folkdance workshop 8-10pm free w/RSVP 3040 22nd St. Really, can you think of a better way to ironically out-hipster your friends on a Friday night?
  • Drummond Buckaroo Buckley's Mass Transit photo opening 8-11pm DStructure 520 Haight/Fillmore. Good pics and open bar
  • Oldies Night 6 Year Anniversary 10pm $3 The Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. Soul-doo wop-rock'n'roll dance party
Sat, Oct 4 - Sun, Oct 5:
  • World Veg Festival 10am-6pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln $6 suggested donation, free before 10.30am
  • Litquake with over 70 readers Main Library 11am-5pm Sat and 12.30-4.30pm Sun
Sat, Oct 4:
  • Eco Driving workshop: fuel efficiency, engine conversion, etc 9am Pat's Garage 1090 26th/Army
  • Urban Composting workshop 10am-12pm Garden for the Environment 7th/Lawton free
  • Sandcastle competition that promotes art in schools 10am-4pm Ocean Beach at Cabrillo
  • Free food, sweets, drinks, bags, and quality $3 entrees Lilah Belle's Grand Opening 11am-2pm 3801 18th/Church. Score
  • Mission Arts & Performance Project kids stuff 1-4pm
  • Be prepared for a surprise 2pm Dolores Park
  • Oliver Herring's TASK party 3-9pm Workspace Ltd. 2150 Folsom. Interactive art stuff
  • Live painting party 4-8pm Secession 3391 Mission/30th. Murals, Corona, and music
  • Respiration photo opening 7-9pm Iceberger Gallery 3150 18th/Treat #109
  • Vertigo screens at dusk Union Square free
  • Many art openings all close together listed on MyOpenBar. Take your own wine jar
  • Mission Arts & Performance Project art stroll 7pm
  • Kafana Balkan 9pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $8-25. This raucous group raises money for the Humanitarian Circus Project, traveling to war zones and working with kids
  • Debaser 1 Year Anniversary 10pm The Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. Wear flannel and get in free before 11pm $5 otherwise for this 90s dance party
Sun, Oct 5:
  • Asian Art Museum be free today 200 Larkin/McCallister
  • Castro Street Fair 11am-6pm Castro/Market. Possible best part: all girl Ziggy Stardust tribute band, Diva Bowie. Also free professional couples photos Castro/18-19th by Steven Underhill...Glamour Shots?
  • Nude Beach Olympics registration 11.30am-1pm, games 1-4pm, then picnic Baker Beach Lincoln/Bowley free. Official participation limited to the first 50 exhibitionists
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm. Where my hoes at?
  • Urban Diversion blood drive 1329 Columbus/Beach 12pm
  • SFBC's Mission to Richmond Art Ride 1pm Clarion Alley Valencia/17-18th St
  • Drive Thru Hot Dog Day: FrankenArt gives you free veggie or flesh hot dogs 1-6pm 515 Balboa
  • ArtSpan Open Studios opening reception 4-7pm SomArts 934 Brannan/8th. They organize all the great neighborhood weekend open studios occurring this month
  • Gulf Area/New Orleans Red Cross Mardi Gras Fundraiser 6-11pm White Horse Inn 6551 Telegraph Ave, Oakland $3-300. Really, the Gulf area is f'ed up royally, so might as well enjoy music and food while helping it out
  • Fundraiser for Haiti with live Haitian music 7-9.30pm Bissap Baobab 19th/Mission
Tues, Oct 7:
  • Free First Tuesday at most museums around town. Get learned
  • Sports Basement 1st Tuesday free bike maintenance clinic 6.30-7.30pm 1590 Bryant/15th
  • Evolving Leadership Training 7-9pm Presidio. This week: Energy Use - What Comes After the Peak?
  • Relief for Georgian and Chechen refugees film screening of Daimokh 7.30-9.30pm AFSC 65 9th/Market North Door donations accepted
  • Mates of State, Santogold, Low vs. Diamond, and Alice Waters play The Fillmore 1805 Geary/Fillmore 8pm $30. It's okay to enjoy music that lots of people like (as long as you buy me a ticket)
Wed, Oct 8:
  • Three cool-seeming speeches Commonwealth Club
  • SFBC Volunteer Night 5pm-done. Food and friends and folding
  • Cindy Sheehan 8pm and then Classical Revolution strum til 11pm free SoCha Cafe 3235 Mission/Valencia
Thurs, Oct 9:
  • Osama screens 12pm Main Library
  • Messenger Appreciation Day 5-7pm free spaghetti then 8-11pm poster art opening Benders 19th/S Van Ness
  • LitQuake and INFORUM's Battling for the Environment panel 6.30pm Commonwealth Club $12/20
  • Bust ED opening reception 7-10pm Femina Potens Gallery 2199 Market/Sanchez. "Bust ED celebrates the lovely and erotic nature of the bosom, while reminding everyone of the way breast cancer affects our lives"
  • Free movie night Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission 8pm and 10pm respectively: I Shot Andy Warhol; Foxfire
  • Dolores Park Movie Night: The Muppet Movie dusk free. Hot buttery flannel
  • Trainwreck Riders and Sean Hayes play The Independent 8.30pm $16 Divis/Hayes
Fri, Oct 10:
  • SFBC's Gas-Free Fridays 7.30-9.30am. Volunteer/stop by for fair trade coffee and snacks. This week, bring your mug to Valencia/17th
  • Ethics Conference: "Holding China Accountable?" 9am-3.30pm Berkeley free
  • Closing of the portable ice cream stand 5.30-9pm Southern Exposure Gallery 414 14th St
  • Curiosity Shoppe art opening 6-8pm 855 Valencia/19th
  • Agent Peach's dance and drinks and art 7-10pm Madusalon 300 Divisadero
  • Open Studios preview party 7-10pm Workspace Lmtd 2150 Folsom
  • First Amendment new show 7-11pm 1000 6th/Howard. Maybe $5 for artmusicdrinkfood
  • Monster Art Rally 7pm Gallery 1988 at 1173 Sutter/Polk. This evil is way cuter than Palin
  • Bike movie thang 8pm 4th/Brannan
Sat, Oct 11: Sun, Oct 12:
  • Food Not Bombs 12pm Hippie Hill GG Park
  • IndieMart 12-6pm Thee Parkside 17th/Wisconsin. Local design, music, pumpkin carving, food and drink for sale, cool stuff
  • National Day of Action Against Raids and Deportations 1-3pm 24th/Mission. Protest immigration raids and tell Gavin not to weaken our Sanctuary City policies
  • Masai cultural program 2-3.30pm Main Library
  • Natural Highs event 6-10pm CellSpace 2050 Bryant/20th. Natural food, tango, art, music $5 or volunteer
Mon, Oct 13:
  • INFORUM's Propositions 101 roundtable 6.30-8.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd free/$5 snacks/wine
  • Communities for a Better Environment fundraiser and Tyranny of Oil book launch 8.30pm Dalva 3121 16th/Valencia. Book discussion with author 7.30pm Modern Times 888 Valencia/20th
Tues, Oct 14: Wed, Oct 15-Sun, Oct 19: Wed, Oct 15:
  • CA Academy of Sciences be free e'rr third Wednesday 9.30am-5pm Golden Gate Park
  • Michael Swaine's "Sewing for the People" happens the 15th of every month. You bring your mend-able items, and he mends them 12-5pm Cohen Alley at Ellis/Leavenworth-Hyde
  • Seinfeld Campus Tour 12pm USF Campus Golden Gate/Masonic. Because undergrads are too young and hopefully too busy learning/working for change to watch syndicated episodes
  • Prez candidate debate 6pm. Go-bama
  • From Farm to Feast panel 6pm local tastes reception 7pm discussion Ferry Bldg $15/25
  • Rebuilding Afghanistan: Literary, Artistic, and Cultural Endeavors 6.30-7.45pm Main Library
  • SFBC's Bike the Vote: Register, talk bikes, etc 7-9pm Fox Plaza Larkin/Market
  • Barack 'N Roll 7pm $20 Independent Divis/Hayes. Prizes, voter registration, good bands, no to Palin
Thurs, Oct 16:
  • Charlie Wilson's War screens 12pm Main Library
  • The Phoenix Project 5-10pm 111 Minna/2nd $20 for food, a drink, auction, and music. All proceeds help victims of Tahoe's Angora fire
  • Art Explosion preview party 5-8pm. Three Mission locations
  • Victoria Manalo Draves park workday 5.45-6.45pm Folsom/7th
  • Divis Art Crawl 5-11pm various locations. Art and people too cool to live in the Mission
  • Woodie Guthrie and the Great American Folksong 6-7.30pm Main Library. Tim Holt gives you history and songs
  • Sandbox Suites 1st Birthday celebrates with free food, drink, shared working space, prizes, and music 123 10th/Mission 7pm RSVP
  • Free movie night Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission 8pm and 10pm respectively: Thelma & Louise; 3 Women
  • Screening of In Search of Good Food and Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War 8pm Pirate Cat Radio 21st/York $5
  • Man/Miracle rocks Hotel Utah 500 4th St/Brannan 9pm $8

Fri, Oct 17-Sat, Oct 18:

  • Huge annual rummage sale 9am-3pm Little Sisters of the Poor 300 Lake/4th. Vintage fresh on the market, and Saturday lets you fill a bag for $5 at 3pm
Fri, Oct 17:
  • SFBC's Gas-Free Fridays 7.30-9.30am. Volunteer/stop by for fair trade coffee and snacks. This week, bring your mug to the Ferry Bldg by Justin Herman Plaza
  • My Boudoir Lingerie benefit for breast cancer awareness 6pm 2029 Fillmore/Pine: sips, sales, snacks
  • Secession throws a bash with new designs, plus food and wine 6.30-9.30pm 30th/Mission across from Safeway
  • Doctors Without Borders panel discussion 7pm Cowell Theatre Fort Mason free
  • Big Umbrella Studio's Art for Autumn opening 7pm-midnight Divis/McCallister
  • The Extra Mile Adventure benefit auction $5-more 9.30pm El Rio Mission/Valencia

Sat , Oct 18-Sun, Oct 19: 11am-6pm

  • Open Studios: Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal, Casto, Duboce, etc. Bring your own wine jar
Sat, Oct 18:
  • Craigslist Non Profit Bootcamp 8am-6pm San Mateo County Event Center $75. It was cool in Berkeley in 2007, but someone paid for me last year
  • Workday, in the morning, in a park near you
  • Huntington's Disease Walk 9am bfast and registration 10am walk Crissy Field 610 Mason
  • Yoga with live music 10am Marina Greens Webster/Marina Blvd near water
  • Potrero Hill Festival 10am-5pm
  • Some eclectic concert with Mos Def and others 11am-6pm Bandstand in between de Young/CA Academy of Sciences. Print your free voucher
  • Free Family Festival downtown: music and free museums and such. Grab a cousin, pretend you are a parent, and have fun 11am-3pm
  • Soapbox derby Dolores Park 11am registration and 1pm race. Free, except for being barraged by advertising
  • Planting party and picnic 12-4pm Southern Exposure Gallery 414 14th St. RSVP and bring a dish (with food in it) to share
  • Doctors Without Borders employment informational 1pm Women's Bldg 18th/Val-Guer
  • SOMA theatre crawl 1-4pm starts at Boxcar Theatre 505 Natoma/6th
  • Art slideshow and potluck 4pm Art Explosion 2345 Harrison/19th. Bring food and art slides to share
  • Launch party 8-10pm Still Life 835 Divis/Fulton. Beer, music, fashion
Sun, Oct 19:
  • Fiesta on the Hill 11am-6pm Cortland/Bocana. Kids, pumpkin patch, lesbians, dunk tanks, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, and dogs
  • SFBC's How to Fix a Flat and Ride Anywhere workshop 11am-12.30pm free REI 840 Brannan/7th
  • Alemany Farm Harvest Festival and workday 12-5pm. Potluck and music and agriculture
  • Knit for Afghanistan 2-4.30pm Main Library. Show and tell and learn

Tues, Oct 21:

  • El Rio's Anniversary party with food and music and such 8-10pm Mission/Valencia
Wed, Oct 22: Thurs, Oct 23:
  • Stacey's Bookstore's birthday party 591 Market/2nd all day. Authors and cake
  • Apple Festival 11am-3pm Crocker Galeria Post/Montgomery. Sweet
  • The Kite Runner screens 12pm Main Library
  • Root Division's annual art auction to raise funds for its afterschool program 6.30pm VIP/7.30-10pm $35 and up 3175 17th/S Van Ness. Elixirs and appetizers and art and education and aural pleasures
  • Circa's 2 year anniversary party with open bar 9-10pm and appetizers til 2am 2001 Chestnut/Fillmore RSVP
  • Free movie night Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission 8pm and 10pm respectively: Born In Flames; Girls Town
Fri, Oct 24-Sun, Oct 26: Fri, Oct 24:
  • SFBC's Gas-Free Fridays 7.30-9.30am. Volunteer/stop by for fair trade coffee and snacks. This week, bring your mug to City Hall at Polk/Grove
  • Hearing on Bay Area Superfund Sites 4pm Oakland City Hall. Boo environmental racism
  • World Market global food tastings and prizes 4-6pm 2552 Taylor/Bay in the Marina
  • SOMA Artist Studios open house reception 6-9pm 689 Bryant/5th
  • Mosey south on Bryant for DocFest's Roller Disco Costume Party 9pm CellSpace 2050 Bryant/20th $10/$5 in costume/free with DocFest stub. Music and skates provided

Sat, Oct 25-Sun, Oct 26:

  • Open Studios: FiDi, North Beach, Potrero, etc. Bring your own wine jar
  • SOMA Artist Studios annual open house 689 Bryant/5th 11am-6pm
Sat, Oct 25:
  • Workday, in the morning, in a park near you
  • Zeum's 10th Birthday Bash. Cake and free admission
  • SF Environment's compost campaign 10am-2pm Marina Safeway. Knock on doors and say Trick or Compost!
  • Noe Valley Harvest Festival 10am-4pm. In the midst of strollers
  • Evolving Leadership Training 10.30am-4pm Presidio. This week: Everyday Leadership Training
  • Silent painting protest 11am Dolores Park. Monet out your rage
  • SF Ocean Film Festival picnic 12-4pm Crissy Field
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm
  • Grand opening of Fillmore Center Plaza with Booker T. Jones and others playing 12-6pm free Fillmore/O'Farrell
  • Clarion Alley Block Party noonish til late Valencia/17-18th. Bands, black attire, and forties
  • Pandora's Trunk Show 2-8pm 135 Dore/9th/Folsom. Free concerts, performances, snacks, and drinks
  • Shifted Focus 10 year anniversary Kearny Street Workshop 7-9pm 180 Capp 3rd Floor
  • Volunteer at Edgewood's Hope Ball at City Hall. Email me to volunteer
  • Dance off party benefit for the New Jersey 4 $5/more donation Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission
Sun, Oct 26:
  • Worlds exhibit closing brunch 11am-4pm Million Fishes Gallery 2501 Bryant/23rd. Bands and bagels
  • Food Not Bombs 12pm Hippie Hill GG Park
  • Brass Liberation Orchestra plays for Prop B 12-2pm Safeway Church/Market
Mon, Oct 27:
  • SFBC polishes your bike 5-7pm Fell/Masonic
  • Summer Heights High premiere and party 7-10pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness. Free Australian food and drinks. Vegemite vodka? Gotta RSVP
  • Notwist plays Bimbo's 8pm $20

Wed, Oct 29:

  • Hand to Hand invitation stuffing all day Project Open Hand 730 Polk/Eddy. Really easy origami. Volunteer 4 hours and indulge in a delish lunch
  • Drinks By Design 5.30pm St. Regis Hotel 125 3rd St. Get there early to get a free drink to help you network with other designers
  • StreetFilms SF 5.30-7.30pm Main Library. Watch and discuss livable streets and green urban design
  • Book Launch of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy 6.30pm reception 7pm talk W Hotel 3rd/Howard
  • People from Beach Blanket Babylon run an election themed trivia night with The Onion 8pm The Lookout 3600 16th
Thurs, Oct 30:
  • Hand to Hand invitation stuffing all day Project Open Hand 730 Polk/Eddy. Really easy origami. Volunteer 4 hours and indulge in a delish lunch
  • The Beauty Academy of Kabul screens 12pm Main Library
  • Palin Costumed Protest 5-6pm Rainbow Flag Castro/Market\
  • IDEX open house with wine, cheese, and updates/photos about India 5.30pm 827 Valencia
  • Uptime Jazz Quartet 6pm Cafe Trieste Market/Gough free
  • Ski party 6-8pm Sports Basement 15th/Bryant. Beer, snacks, and door prizes
  • McSweeney's authors and other cool folks read 7pm $5 Jewish Contemporary Museum. Part of StoryCorps. RSVP to press@mcsweeneys.net
  • Free movie night Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission 8pm and 10pm respectively: Medea; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Fri, Oct 31:
  • SFBC's Gas-Free Fridays 7.30-9.30am. Volunteer/stop by for fair trade coffee and snacks. This week, bring your mug to Folsom/7th
  • Stop the Raids Now rally 10am sign making and food Ferry Park Washington/Davis-Drumm 11.30 march to ICE HQ 630 Sansome/Washington 1pm rally in front of ICE
  • Tame family Halloween party 4pm-12am Giants Stadium. The city is trying to keep you away from the Castro
  • Death of Wall Street Funeral Procession. Bury capitalism on this walk from Ferry Bldg to Castro 6pm
  • Bewitched, Bedazzled, and Be Pleasured Good Vibes Halloween party 7-11pm 603 Valencia/17th. Trick or Teet
  • D-Structure's new show is up for Halloween 8pm 520 Fillmore/Haight. Open bar and costume contest
  • The Blacks and others play Hemlock Polk/Sutter. Concert time
November Preview Sat, Nov 1-Sun, Nov 2 11am-6pm: Sat, Nov 1:
  • Jam making and foraging discussion 12pm YBCA 701 Mission/3rd. BYO-fruit, jars, etc. Free, but must get tickets at 415.978.2787. I vote for basil guava jam
  • Thank A Farmer Day 1-5pm Mission Pie 25th/Mission. Music, food, mural
  • La Calavera Oaxaquena: Mensajes de la lucha social/Messages of social struggle Million Fishes Bryant/23rd $3-5 suggested donation. Flyer says 6-11pm, website says 7pm
  • Group show of Alternative Press Expo artists reception 7-10pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/Mission-2nd
  • Parts & Labor rock Hemlock Polk/Post 9.30pm $8
  • From mi madre:
    REMINDER: Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, officially at 2am Saturday night/Sunday morning. Turn clocks BACK an hour when you go to bed Saturday night = gain one more hour of sleep or partying, or maybe that should be partying, then sleep.
Sun, Nov 2:
  • First Free Sunday 10am-5pm Asian Art Museum Larkin/Grove
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm
  • The real SF soapbox derby 1pm Bernal. Bring mimosas and helmets
  • Spinto Band performs Amoeba Haight/Stanyan 2pm
  • Anniversary and closing party 6pm Spunk Salon 4147 19th/Collingwood
  • Day of the Dead procession 7pm Bryant/24th. Conspiracy of Venus choir performs @9pm Garfield Park Treat/24th
Mon, Nov 3: Tues, Nov 4:
  • VOTE before you hit all the free museums around town for First Free Tuesday
  • INFORUM's Celebrate/Commiserate party 6pm Cantina 580 Sutter/Mason
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Election Party 6-11pm YBCA 701 Mission/3rd. Election coverage, music, art, cash bar, and free Goat Hill Pizza when the polls close
  • Specials and prizes from The Guardian 7-9pm Kilowatt 16th/Valencia
Wed, Nov 5:
  • Celebrate or commiserate the election at the Exploratorium, which is free today
  • Climate Change, Water, and the Himalayas panel discussion and film 1 Embarcadero Center 14th Floor 6pm Free, RSVP recommended
  • Rumble SF presents free booze 8-9pm and The Blacks and DJs and such Harlot 49 Minna/2nd. Free with RSVP
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